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ISSUE # 36
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BULLETIN
WEEKLY PUBLICATION FOR PARENTS

Issue # 8 week of October 16 — 20  sy1718

Dear Parents,
COMING UP SOON!
There is a lot of information in this week’s Parent Bulletin, so
let’s get straight down to business! Monday, October 23rd, Tuesday, October 24th and
Wednesday, October 25th.
 Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences
THIS WEEK: (PTCs)
 What: PTCs
Monday, October 16th - Friday, October 20th 2017  Where: Classrooms
 CIS/WASC Accreditation Visiting Team  Individual Timeslots: 10 mins per subject area
 What: 10 year accreditation visit  Event Time Frame: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m each day
 When: This week ISM is hosting members of our  Please be sure to sign up for your final 4 slots via
accreditation visiting team. The team’s role is to the online sign-up system.
report out on the self-study that we submitted at  Please see the “Need to Know” section below.
the beginning of the school year.
 Why: The accreditation process allows schools to Friday, October 27th
take an introspective look at all aspects of school  Filipiniana
life and reflect upon areas of relative strength
 What: Filipiniana - A school-wide celebration of
and areas for future growth.
our host country!
Wednesday, October 18th - Friday, October 27th 2017  Time: 12:00 onwards
 Philippine Cultural Club (PCC) T-Shirt and Brace-  Please see the “Need to Know” section below.
let Sale:
 Students who wish to purchase a PCC shirt or
bracelet, in order to support this year’s Filipini-
What’s
Inside?
ana event, may do so this week.
 T-shirt = 500 pesos
 Bracelet = 150 - 200 pesos
 Sale Location = Outside the Kantina during lunch
time and after school
Transportation Office 4
Friday, October 20th 2017
 No After School Activities: Campus Card Corner 4
 Due to all staff and faculty needing to attend a
CIS/WASC meeting on October 20th there will not MS Activities 4
be sufficient supervision of activities.
 Please note that all ES/MS after school activities Alumni News 4
will be cancelled on this day. MS Service Learning 5
 MS/HS tryouts for competitive sports will continue
as scheduled (3:15 p.m.) Admissions & Advancement 6
 Students will be dismissed at 2:35p.m. on this
day. Clinic 7
 The school bus service will operate according to
our normal schedule. Athletics & Activities 8
Filipiniana: Pista sa ISM 11
How to Download and Log into Powerschool
on your Apple iPhone ISM Upcoming Events 12
CLICK HERE!
NEED TO KNOW
schedules. Parents should receive this email
 G5 - G6 Tech Parent Coffee: (From Patrick Phillips) by 6:00 p.m.
 Thank you to all parents who attended this morn-  Parents need to bring their individual schedule
ing’s parent Coffee. with them to the PTCs. Please note that the MS
 The presentation slides can be found using the Office will be unable to print out individual par-
link below: ent schedules, as we can only access the teacher
 Grade 5 & 6 Parent Technology Coffee Morning schedule viewer.
 G7 - G8 Tech Parent Coffee (from David Collett)  Filipiniana
 Thank you for coming to the recent Parent Cof-  On Friday, October 27th, the ISM community will
fee - Technology Session. be celebrating Filipiniana! For those parents
 If you couldn't make this event, please feel free who are new to ISM, this is a program of events
to review the information covered here and in that has been carefully designed to honor and
the video at the end of the presentation. celebrate our wonderful host culture of the Phil-
ippines. The specific schedule for the day is
Following Up on Parent Questions: slightly different in ES, MS and HS, however,
 A question was asked about how to access com- there are some events that are common to all
ments and the standards grades in Powerschool divisions such as the Filipiniana Parade. In the
and so please click here to review this process. morning, MS students will operate on a shortened
 There were questions related to a recommenda- schedule so that the afternoon can be dedicated
tion for a system to secure the internet at your to different cultural events and activities. Below
home and to try to filter objectionable content. is a snapshot of the MS student activities:
The most commonly recommended solution to
this is called OpenDNS. It is a system developed Schedule:
by Cisco Systems and so is an industry standard.  7:30 - 8:40 = Block D
Here is a tutorial on how to use this. Please note  8:45 - 9:55 = Block E
that in some cases there have been reports that  9:55 - 10:15 = Break
it can cause your internet connection to slow  10:15 - 11:25 = Block F
down.  11:30 - 12:00 = Advisory
 Finally, there was interest in a set of tutorials on  12:00 - 12:15 = Parade
how to use certain social media services
 12:20 - 1:25 = Barrio Fiesta /Lunch
(snapchat, instagram, etc) so as to have a better
idea of how students are using them and to en-  1:30 - 2:00 = MS Activities (in Vertical
gage your children in a dialogue about them. I Advisory groups)
will create these and get them out to you ASAP  2:00 - 3:00 = Program in the FAT
in subsequent bulletins. There was also interest
in specific parent sessions where we go over the  Staffing Update: Giovanni Bobisse’s replacement
uses of social media and technology generally in  We’d like to inform all parents that our search
more detail. These would be after school and for an Orchestra and Strings teacher has been
most likely run as a series (to be repeated if ses- successful. Last week we interviewed John Chris-
sions fill up). Please express your interest via this topher (JC) Joya, who plays first violin for the
form so I can get an idea of numbers interested Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and has been
and times before I send out an official sign up teaching Strings at Colegio San Agustin. After
form. being impressed with his interview, we invited
him to teach the High School Orchestra and a
Once again thanks for coming and please feel free to Middle School Strings class so that we could ob-
contact me at any time with questions at col- serve his interactions with the students. He was
lettd@ismanila.org an instant hit with the students and we found
him to be very warm and nurturing. We are
 Sign Ups For Parent Teacher Conferences (PTCs): confident that the students will be in good hands
 If you have yet to sign up for PTC appointments, as we continue through this year. Thank you for
please use your PowerSchool username and pass- your patience.
word to access the online sign-up system via the
Parent Portal. If you have forgotten this, please  Spotting Fake News:
contact the MS Office no later than Wednesday,  This week we had a fake, or hoax, message
October 18th via phone (02) 840 -8550 or by about a drug that looks like candy. The fake mes-
emailing Aida Chico (ms@ismanila.org). sage was circulating on our email network among
 Please remember that during the week of Octo- Middle School students and briefly on one of our
ber 9 - 15th, parents were able to make 4 ap- Parent Viber networks. Many people now receive
pointment slots and during the week of October news online or from social media and it can be
16 - 22nd, parents can make 4 additional ap- hard to tell what's real, what's fake and what is
pointment slots. satire? With advances in technology, anyone
 On Sunday, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. the PTC with access to a phone or computer can publish
online system will close. It will then automatical- information online, and it's getting harder and
ly generate and send individual emails to parents harder to tell what is true and what is a
hoax.
confirming a summary of their respective PTC 2
As more people go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter Although the activity is only 25 minutes long, we see
and other online sources for their news and infor- the benefits making an impression on many levels
mation, it's even more crucial that all of us -- espe- amongst the different stakeholders. For the MS girls,
cially children -- learn to decode what we read it’s a time to come together, forget about the social
online. These are always good conversations to be intricacies of their age group and organize them-
having as a family and in schools. Students in Middle selves to promote athletics as well as showing unity
School learn about media literacy and how to spot and love of themselves and others. For the ES stu-
fake news in English, Social Studies and compulsory dents, the MS Girls show the boys and girls in this age
Wellness course and our IT electives. Here is one of group that they deserve equal access to the sport’s
the resources we use at ISM. You can also use several fields and dispel some notions that support gender
trusted sites to check facts. Older kids especially stereotypes.
might enjoy learning tricks to spot fake news and
then as a family taking this quiz or this quiz to test It’s such a pleasure to see the girls go down to the ES
out their growing ability to think critically and be playground and recruit the ES girls to come out and
media literate. Here are some tips from Com- play with the boys. It gives the ES girls the confi-
monSenseMedia for middle school students to help dence to go on the field and play with the boys. It’s
spot fake news: also great to see these boys attempt to flaunt their
skills and then come to the realization that these MS
 Look for unusual URLs or site names, including girls have a lot of skills on the field.
those that end with ".co" -- these are often trying
to appear like legitimate news sites, but they The ES kids absolutely love the fact these older kids
aren't. are out there playing with them and enjoying the
 Look for signs of low quality, such as words in all same experience. The MS girls love how much both
caps, headlines with glaring grammatical errors, genders look up to them for their skills as well as
bold claims with no sources, and sensationalist their attention. At the end of the session when eve-
images (women in bikinis are popular clickbait on ryone is high fiving each other, smiles are beaming
fake news sites). These are clues that you should and there’s a shared desire to repeat it again next
be skeptical of the source. week. All in all, everyone one comes out with a bet-
 Check a site's "About Us" section. Find out who ter understanding of all the joys that these type of
supports the site or who is associated with it. If experiences enhance our lives.
this information doesn't exist -- and if the site
requires that you register before you can learn
anything about its backers -- you have to wonder
why they aren't being transparent.
 Check Snopes, Wikipedia, and Google before
trusting or sharing news that seems too good (or
bad) to be true.
 Consider whether other credible, mainstream
news outlets are reporting the same news. If
they're not, it doesn't mean it's not true, but it
does mean you should dig deeper.
 Check your emotions. Clickbait and fake news
strive for extreme reactions. If the news you're
reading makes you really angry or super smug, it
could be a sign that you're being played. Check
multiple sources before trusting.
Below are some additional links that parents may
find useful:
 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-
to-spot-fake-news-and-teach-kids-to-be-media-
savvy
 http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/
candymeth.asp

NICE TO KNOW:
 Bringing Girls together – empowerment (From Marc St.
Laurent)
A group of grade 5 - 8 female soccer enthusiasts
make 2 weekly visits to the ES playground to pro-
mote girl’s soccer during the ES and MS recess times
which happen to overlap. Several of the older girls
have been doing this for a few years and have taken
it upon themselves to seek out other interested girls Kind regards,
that want to show ES students that girls also enjoy Rachel and Amanda
and excel in sports. 3
TRANSPORTATION OFFICE MS ACTIVITIES
Dear Parents, Due to all staff and faculty needing to attend
Please be aware that the school bus service provider T a CIS/WASC meeting on October 20th there
Shuttle Services Inc. is contracted to provide busing for will not be sufficient supervision of activities.
students from home to school and back. This service is
not intended for the wider school community in the Therefore all ES/MS Activities will be can-
interests of efficiency and commercial viability. celled for that day. MS/HS tryouts for compet-
Recently, a significant number of parents have been itive sports will continue as scheduled.
turning up at student pick up points expecting to ride
the bus to school. Although in the past some Bus At-
tendants have, on an informal basis, accommodated
such requests these have not been sanctioned by the
management of the transport provider or the school.
Due to the limited seating on many of our routes, safe-
guarding and supervision issues, and for the sake of
consistency the Bus Attendants have been reminded
that unauthorized adults, including parents, should not
be riding the school buses.
On a case-to-case basis after advance coordination with
the school, and in the interests of student welfare,
there maybe occasions when a parent will be permitted
to ride with student for a limited period of time. In
such circumstances the school will notify T Shuttle Ser-
vices Inc. that travel is approved and a charge will be
made for the seat taken.
If you have further concerns about this matter, you
may contact the Transportation Office at 840-8540.
Thank you,
Transportation Office
# 840-8540
ALUMNI NEWS

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You have the option to print it too.
it to the Collegiate Archery Program All-American
For more information, visit: Team, Columbia’s first National Title for Archery.
http://campusonline.ismanila.org
Please contact Maica Cruz of the Alumni Office at alum-
For questions/concerns, email: ni@ismanilaorg to share your Alumni Bearcat News!
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Service Learning
In the Middle School, students have various opportunities to en- Throughout the year, students also have an opportunity to partici-
gage in service learning projects that connect their passions, inter- pate in 15 to 20 Saturday Service events organized with ISM Service
ests, talents and concerns. The emphasis is on exposure and reflec- Partners ranging from animal shelters to focused educational pro-
tion, with opportunities to go deeper. There are three main layers jects to recycling. These trips are planned and promoted by Service
to service in the Middle School: Classroom Without Walls (CWW), Clubs that meet during lunch and after school. Middle School Satur-
Saturday Service, and service learning embedded within the curric- day Service is open to all ISM students and their parents
ulum.
Various examples of service learning also occur through class con-
Service learning projects are a component of CWW, which occur tent connecting global issues with the Middle School curriculum.
twice a year at each grade level. CWW projects include partnerships Some examples include math classes that measure and report on
with schools for underprivileged and disabled children, interaction waste produced by the ISM community, drama classes that use the-
with indigenous communities, and environmental projects such as atre as a a medium for advocacy, and the Be the Change elective
tree planting, organic farming, and coral reef preservation. CWW course, which engages students research, planning, action, and re-
gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of issues, con- flection to address local and global concerns.
tribute to sustainable solutions, and reflect on their experiences.

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ADMISSIONS & ADVANCEMENT
Leaving ISM?

Students Leaving During the School Year:
Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office through a Withdrawal Notification Form
at least (15) days prior to your child’s last day of school.

Students Leaving at the End of the School Year:
Parents are obliged to officially inform the Admissions Office through a Withdrawal Notification Form
on or before the second Friday of May.

The Withdrawal Notification Form and complete Withdrawal Procedure can be down-
loaded from HERE and submitted to the Admissions Office.

Instructions for Demographic Update
We encourage all families to check their demographic information and make necessary
updates. CLICK HERE for the step-by-step instructions on how to do this.
Please contact your School Office for PowerSchool log-in information.

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CLINIC
Dengue Fever Vaccine approved by
WHO and FDA Philippines!

Made available to
the ISM Community!
Please mark the date: We offer the third shot of Dengvaxia (the only approved dengue fever vaccine) on Wednes-
day, November 8 from 7:00am – 4:00pm in the clinic. The complete series of three sessions reduc-
es cases of Dengue fever symptoms by about 60%, and severe cases by about 90%.
Everybody 9 – 45 years of age at the beginning of the series can avail the vaccination, since it has been approved by
the Philippine FDA for this age range only, as of now. Excluded are pregnant and lactating women, and immune de-
ficient individuals. It has also to be made sure that an interval of 28 days is observed to conception, a dengue infec-
tion or any other vaccination. If you had been given Dengvaxia before don’t forget to bring your vaccination rec-
ord!

We offer Dengvaxia (Sanofi Pasteur) for 3,300 PHP per vial*
Everyone with a valid ISM ID may be vaccinated. Please complete the vaccination payment form HERE and vaccina-
tion consent form HERE. Forms are also available from the cashier’s office or the clinic and can be downloaded from
the ISM website. Please make your payment to the Cashier (open Mon – Fri 7:00am – 3:15 pm). Payment must be
made not later than Thursday, October 26. The vaccines will then be ordered and no further registration can be ac-
cepted.
Please note that vaccines will be solely administered at the clinic and cannot be handed out. If you are unable to
receive the vaccine on November 8 for medical reasons please get in touch with the clinic, otherwise all unused
vaccines will be forfeited.
If you have any questions please contact nurse
Jowell Custodio or Dorothee Binsfeld
Clinic numbers: 840 85-82 (Jowell) / -81 (Dorothee)
Email: clinic@ismanila.org

Please take note that vaccination requires three shots,
therefore the total cost will be PHP 9,900 over the period of one year
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ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
are posted on notice boards around school.
To the IASAS traveling teams best wishes as you represent
ISM at Soccer in Bangkok and Volleyball/Cross Country in Sin- Tryout and Practice Schedules for S2 sports SY ’17-18:
gapore. Live stream and results can be accessed (MS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis)
via www.iasas.asia. Tournaments begin Thurs Oct 12,13,14. (HS- Basketball/Touch/Rugby/Tennis&Varsity Swim team)
IASAS match fixtures and times can be found at http://
atac.ism-online.org/iasas/iasas-schedules/ Go Bearcats! MS 2nd season tryout schedule
HS 2nd season T-outs schedule
For Season 2 and 3 ISM proudly hosts Tennis in S2 and
Track&Field/Golf in S3. 2nd season Practice schedule

Congratulations Girls Soccer Rifa League Champions 2017 5-1 For our year round teams practice schedules are posted on
win over Miriam College notice boards around the school and on the schedules page
of the ATAC (Athletics) blog and provided in the ink below.

All season sports sched 17-18.xls – 17-18

Please take the time to navigate the ATAC blog as it is our
one stop shop for all information related to the competitive
ISM sports program.

Upcoming Events:
*matches at ISM unless specified as *away venue. Check ATAC
game schedule at the parent portal for all the midweek and
weekend matches upcoming. Please check on a regular basis
as venues and time do change at short notice. Players will
always be informed by their coaches if times/venues change.

Sat Oct 14th
E2 and G1 ES soccer teams Rifa festival finals at
ISM 8am
Well done also to our VBoys and Girls Volleyball teams who C1 MS soccer team Rifa festival finals at Xavier 10am
finished 4th and 3rd respectively in the ISSA league finals this MS Girls Gold Volleyball playoffs at
past weekend. Brent 10:30am/2:15pm
ISM Chess team away at LSGH 8am/ISM Table Tennis
Power Up Tandang Sora, the first commercial climbing gym team away at Xavier9am
in the Philippines hosted 3rd leg of the Young Wild & Free
Climbing Series last Saturday. Competitors from all over Sun Oct 15th
Metro Manila went and tried their best against the new boul- TKD team away at Don Bosco
dering wall of Power Up. ISM Climbers were able to snatch 1 MS A1 soccer final vs Zobel 8am at ISM
Gold and 2 Silvers in the hot and humid morning of the gym. MS A2 soccer final vs Claret 10am at Claret
Congratulations to: Gold – Gabie O, Silver-Ruitong L and
Ethan L. Well done to Anya, Josh, Ananda, Liling and to Oct 26 S1 sports awards at Fine Arts Theatre *new format
Laura for exciting everyone with their performance. Power this year. This year a new format for the HS sports awards
Up ROX will host the next leg at the end of the month. will be used as follows…5:30-6pm Light snacks/refreshments
at the Fine arts Theatre Lobby area, 6pmawards begin in the
This week was the final week of Season 1 training for our MS/ Fine Arts Theatre with MVP awardees recognised for
HS teams. JV&Varsity teams, along with 4 year recipients and any spe-
cial IASAS awards. From 6:45 to 7:15pm teams will go to
Good luck to our MS Girls gold volleyball team and to our MS break out areas for final team talks/coaches speeches rele-
A1/A2 soccer teams who play finals this week. See schedule vant to the teams season and highlights. Parents are wel-
below for match times and venues. come to attend both the formal presentation of the major
awards and break out sessions for the coaches season end
Season 2 tryouts and practice schedule are now released (see talk specific to their son/daughters team.
links below) and are on the ATAC blog schedules page and 8
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Information on our ES/MS Activities program is available on In order to clear the campus prior to 5pm all after school
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the ES and MS Activities blogs. Links to these blogs are on the programs will conclude by 4:50pm or earlier. The last bus
helpful shortcuts menu on the home page of the ATAC blog is 4:55pm this is due to the ever increasing traffic concerns
or accessible via the ISM website. in our area.

For our Sailfish swim team program please check information Parents and students please take some time to peruse the
about tryouts at Sailfish blog ATAC blog it has a wide variety of information and links to
our sports and activities program. If you have any questions
For gymnastics team information please check Gymnastics regarding the competitive program of sports at ISM after
blog Look for Coach Jas or Coach Ramon at the MS gym reading the information on the blog please send an email
when attending training sessions. to pekinm@ismanila.org and I will assist you as best I can.

Please note the practice times for ATAC programs for SY 17- Bearcat Den- drop by our fantastic spirit store. There is a a
18 are as follows: range of new products and items to purchase including items
 All year round team team training sessions are – 3:15- from our service partners.
4:30. See schedule for our All year round
teams program here… Bearcat Den hours of operation- 7am-4pm Mon-Fri.
 See Sailfish blog for swim squad start and finish times
after the tryouts period has concluded and squads have GO BEARCATS…in 2017-18!
been finalised.
 Gymnastics team training is 3:10-4:50pm every M,W,F Regards,
Mark Pekin
All HS seasonal teams practice from 3:05- 4:50pm. Director of Athletics & Activities
MS seasonal teams practice 3:15-4:40pm.

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